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Press given preview of Tokyo Sky Tree Town
Japan Times - May 11, 2012

A press preview for the new commercial complex surrounding the 634-meter-tall Tokyo Sky Tree was held Thursday in Sumida Ward.
The 37,000-sq.-meter complex consists of a 312-tenant shopping and restaurant zone called Tokyo Solamachi, an office building zone, an aquarium and a planetarium. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120511a2.html
Harry Potter 'Wizarding World' to open in Japan
MSNBC - May 11, 2012

Harry Potter is taking his act to Japan as Warner Bros. and Universal team to bring the "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" to the Universal Studios in Osaka.
Universal Studios Japan should begin construction on its version of the attraction in the next few weeks with a target launch date of late 2014, according to the Los Angeles Times. That's before the Los Angeles version will debut - a result of limited space at the Universal City location. (MSNBC)
Link: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/47370626#.T6xFdJ-onQ8

Japan's Peach launches route to Seoul
Korea Herald - May 9, 2012

Peach Aviation, a Japanese budget carrier, on Tuesday launched its first international route linking Seoul and Osaka, signaling fiercer competition with Korean and foreign low-cost airlines here.
The low-cost unit of All Nippon Airways, based in Osaka, is the first budget carrier in Japan, and was established in February last year.
Considering its low brand awareness in Korea, the late comer into the market pledged to focus more on a very basic principle ― offering cheaper deals, CEO Shinichi Inoue said Tuesday in Seoul. (Korea Herald)
Link: http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120508001199

Kyushu cashes in on Jeju hiking sensation
Japan Times - May 9, 2012
News photo
(Walk in the park: Hikers walk on an "olle" trail in Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, as Mount
Kaimondake looms in the background. The trail is one of four such routes in Kyushu.)

On the South Korean island of Jeju, hiking trails called "olle" have become a major tourist attraction over the past few years. Now the tourism industry in Kyushu also hopes to cash in on the phenomenon, importing the olle concept and establishing four of its own hiking courses. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120509f2.html

Five prints are confirmed as Hokusai works
Japan Times - May 8, 2012

A museum in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, said Monday five woodblock prints it owns have been confirmed as authentic works by famed ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.
Fake copies of the set have been circulating in large quantities since the Meiji Era, with only a few originals confirmed. With the latest discovery, the Japan Ukiyoe Museum became the only institution to possess originals of all five works in the set. (Japan Times)
Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120508a8.html

Tokyo's lingering glitter
China Daily - May 7, 2012

As Japan struggles to get its groove back, the capital beckons as a bright bargain. Lee Hannon visits. The bright neon lights of Tokyo may dim this year, but the flicker of hope that Japan will remain a top tourist destination still glimmers. (China Daily)
Link: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2012-05/06/content_15218141.htm

By TS on May 14, 2012
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